Artist Matt Mitros – Presentation at I.U.S. Ceramic Department, April 18, 2018

There was a lot to learn from artist, Matt Mitros. mattmitros.com

 

Matt uses his artwork to show us that ceramic art is about the process, not the product. And if we remember this, our products will astound us. Think about the pieces that we make that are important to our progress rather than being good products that we might exhibit or sell.

Pre-Columbian RAVE, 2013, ceramic, 12 x 12 x 7 inches

Matt’s work is all about ‘process frozen in time’. Assemblages give us a stop-action look into a time-based relationship between the mechanical and the organic.

Pronghorn, 2014, ceramic, aluminum, glass, 14 x 24 x12 inches

 

 

Objects made from: clay cast from items such as potatoes and toys; 3D-printed clay forms of cups and honeycomb patterns; plastic tubing; stacked plywood; aluminum; and cast urethane resins are captured by Mitros in engaging tableaus about life.

Bio Rad #9, 2017, mixed media

 

Let’s remember that Matt loves clay, began his career as a potter, has played extensively with raw clay. Over time his work has evolved into sculpture based on organic objects taken out of context, along with simulated built structures, such as walls and tubes.

Bio Rad #5, 2016, ceramic, wood, aluminum

 

Here’s a Mitros insight: clay is one medium that allows an artist to freeze a moment, like photography, because it dries and gets fired and this stops an action in time. Think of that every time you finish a piece of greenware and pop it in the kiln.

Matt Mitros, 2018

 

Another insight: “the future of ceramic art lies in young people who don’t feel that they have to pay dues to traditional techniques”. Many ceramic artists today know little about clay. He says further: “We can honor tradition by doing something that’s never been done before.”

Matt has chosen to honor and innovate with clay by producing pots on 3D printers. Check out the next blog to learn about his printing techniques.

Author: Clay Elements

"Magnifying Our Ceramics Culture!"

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